Photo , – (L-R) Cooper A Cobbs- Cobbs Homeschool, Caedmon McCoy-McCoy Homeschool, Kaaviya Shenbaharaman- Plano West Senior High School PISD, Pranav A Kalkunte-Independence High School FISD. Photo Credit: John Brady
Four high school students from the Frisco area were named winners and received $250 college scholarships at the American Legion Post 178 Oratorical Scholarship Contest. The competition was held at The Grove at Frisco Commons on Saturday, December 10. The four orators will now compete at the district contest in Royse City on January 7, 2023, with other post winners from the 4th District.
Each contestant delivered a prepared oration as well as an oration on a randomly assigned constitutional topic. The four winners were: Cooper A Cobbs- Cobbs Homeschool, Caedmon McCoy-McCoy Homeschool, Kaaviya Shenbaharaman- Plano West Senior High School PISD, Pranav A Kalkunte-Independence High School FISD
The American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Program began in 1938 and encourages high school students to study the U.S. Constitution and improve their public speaking skills. Post 178 annually holds this contest for students in the Frisco area to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution. The contest presents an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights, and privileges of American citizenship.
Merry Main Street Presented By Texas Health Hospital Frisco
Saturday, December 3, 2022
3:30 – 8:00 pm
3:30 pm – The Santa & Friends Parade & Holiday Gift Market, Food Vendors Open.
4:00 – 8:00 pm – Frisco Elementary School Choirs perform on three stages and Kids Holiday Store open to shoppers.
6:00 pm – City Tree Lighting Ceremony.
8:00 pm – Children’s activities close, Holiday Gift Market closes, Kids Holiday Store Close
The Merry Main Street program for choir schedules, event map, and more.
Five high school students from the Frisco area have registered to compete for college scholarships at the American Legion post 178 Oratorical Scholarship Contest. The competition will be held on Saturday, December 10 at 9 A.M. at the Grove at Frisco Commons, 8300 McKinney Road, Frisco, TX 75034.
Orators are required to write and memorize an original speech on some aspect of the Constitution, with emphasis on a citizen’s duties and obligations to our government. Additionally, the contest requires the orator to deliver extemporaneous remarks regarding one of four amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The specific amendment will be drawn on the day of the competition.
Up to 4 winners will be selected to proceed to the district contest in Royse City on January 7, 2022. They will compete with winners from other posts in the 4th District. The contest is open to the public and admission free.
Learn more about the American Legion Peter J Courcy Post 178 at friscolegion.org
The Frisco Community Parade was held on November 12 to mark Veterans Day and to celebrate community pride. The theme is Heroes: Made to Shine! and this year’s Grand Marshal is Mack Borchardt, Special Assistant to the City Manager, former Fire Chief and Frisco native. The parade, which was originally a homecoming parade when Frisco was home to one high school, featured floats, school marching bands, high school football teams, cheerleaders, scouts, civic organizations, youth sports teams, Frisco-based professional sports teams, and local businesses.
The Frisco Community Parade is a collaboration between the City of Frisco, Frisco Independent School District, Frisco Chamber of Commerce, and the Frisco Veterans Advisory Committee.
Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect of our veterans.
This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country’s service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to “Veterans Day” to account for all veterans in all wars.
Today we continue to celebrate the day as Veterans Day, still recognizing the original tie with November 11. That means Veterans Day is on the same day every year — November 11 — regardless of on which day of the week it falls. When the date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, government officials or businesses may recognize it on both the official day and the following Monday.
We celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
I want to provide an update on the wreath count for the Dallas Ft. Worth National Cemetery. Currently, 13,965 wreaths (27% coverage) have been donated to our giving cemetery. The deadline to order wreaths is 11/28/2022. You have 20 days to sponsor a veteran’s wreaths. We encourage you to go to your group’s page and make your donation. If you do not have a group that you support, feel free to use www.honordfw.com or text “Wreath1” to 20222. For every 2 wreaths texted or donated from this site, or texted extra wreath will be delivered to our cemetery.
Our ceremony will be on December 17, 2022 at 11:00AM. Everyone is welcome to participate in the laying of the wreaths. Please know that this event receives a few thousand volunteers and parking is limited. You should plan to arrive no later than 10:00AM. I highly suggest carpooling if you can. The wreath laying will begin at noon.
If you have donated a wreath but are unable to attend, please email the name, section, and site number of your veteran to Mary_Bush@friscotaxservices.com. The Civil Air Patrol will lay a wreath on the requested site.